The New York Jets are set to take aim at the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football this week, but it is never too early to take a look at their Week 6 clash against the Indianapolis Colts that waits on the horizon next Sunday.
New York might be an underdog on the NFL odds in that one when they are released, something that never seemed fathomable, even just a few weeks ago. However, the fact of the matter is that the Jets’ defense has looked awful when push comes to shove, and now, QB Andrew Luck is coming to town.
Luck just played the best half of football in his entire career last week against the Green Bay Packers. He led a second half rally against the Pack after falling behind 21-3 in the first half to ultimately win 30-27. Luck threw for 362 yards and two scores, and he had a rushing touchdown as well in the huge effort.
Granted, we know that New York’s problems have come trying to defend the run (172.8 YPG allowed) and not the pass (197.5 YPG allowed). But go back and look at the quarterbacks that the Jets have faced this year: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ben Roethlisberger, Ryan Tannehill, and Alex Smith. None of those quarterbacks, save for Roethlisberger are the truly elites in the league in terms of putting up just huge passing numbers, and three of the four teams would rather run the ball than throw it.
Recent history suggests that this could be a shootout as well. The Colts have averaged scoring 26.0 points per game over the course of the last five in this series, though all five of those games did come with QB Peyton Manning calling the shots. Still, those were all significantly better Jets teams than this one appears to be, and if New York isn’t careful, it could be a 2-4 team when next Sunday is said and done with.